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Jos Ruffell - Garage Project Crushed

Best known as a boundary-pushing craft brewery, Garage Project is now challenging traditional winemaking techniques with its new urban winery project in their Marion Street Wild Workshop.

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Spearheaded by Garage Project co-owner Jos Ruffell, Garage Project Crushed has been created in partnership with winemaker Alex Craighead from Kindelli and The Don. Ruffell wants to create boundary-pushing natural wines that challenge the notions of what fermented grapes can be.

The wines are produced using wild fermentation techniques alongside the use of strains of yeast and bacteria that traditional winemakers are typically wary of: the result is a totally fresh take on wine. GP Crushed embraces the unpredictable nature of these ferments and, based on the four initial GP Crushed wines released late in 2017, the results are delicious, drinkable and utterly unique.

Production for 2018 is ramping up to about 18 new wine styles, helped by taking on a lease for a small Nelson vineyard block late last year. Ruffell hopes GP Crushed will help shift wine into a more accessible place, to attract new wine drinkers, as well as bringing new energy into the industry.